Oct. 8, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Junior goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield has been named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, for her efforts in leading the No. 3 University of Connecticut field hockey team to another 2-0 week, as announced by the league on Monday. Mansfield earns the honor for the second time this season and the fourth time in her career.
Mansfield and the Huskies won their 12th and 13th games in-a-row last week, which included victories at UMass on Wednesday and at Louisville on Saturday. UConn is off to a 13-0 start for only the second time in school history. The 1999 team started the season by winning its first 23 games.
Mansfield, a 2011 All-America selection, made 13 saves and posted another shutout in the Huskies' 2-0 week. Mansfield made eight saves on Wednesday against UMass, including several that preserved the 1-0 Husky lead UConn held for most of the game.
She followed that up with a five-save performance in UConn's 2-1 victory at Louisville on Saturday. Mansfield now has five shutouts this season and 19 in her career. Her personal record stands at 48-9 in her third year as the Husky goalkeeper. Mansfield has led the Huskies to a 13-0 record for only the second time in school history and UConn has won 11-straight BIG EAST regular season contests.
Mansfield and the Huskies are back in action on Saturday, October 13 when the team seeks its 12th-straight BIG EAST regular season victory against Georgetown. Game time is set for 12 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs.